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Species: Eridacnis barbouri, Cuban Ribbontail Cat Shark

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small, slender
uniform light grey
D1 short, base nearer pelvic than pectoral
C no lower lobe, = long ribbon
teeth very small, similar on both jaws, multiple points
rear teeth = combs
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Eridacnis barbouri (Bigelow & Schroeder, 1944)

Cuban Ribbontail Cat Shark

Head and snout narrowly rounded; eyes elongate, cat-like; nostrils without barbells or grooves, front flaps small, well before mouth; mouth long, angular, arched, reaches forward past eyes; inside mouth and edges of gill arches with papillae; teeth small, triangular, with 3 secondary points along rear edge, similar on both jaws, top teeth more oblique, rear teeth like combs; lip furrows short but well developed; gill slits 5, last two over pectoral bases; papillae on gill arches and palate; dorsal fins small, without spines; 1st dorsal short based, origin slightly behind free rear tip of pectorals, but base nearer pelvics than pectorals; 2nd dorsal nearly as large as 1st dorsal; anal fin 2/3 height of dorsal fins; tail fin long, narrow and ribbon-like, without a strong lower lobe, no undulations along top edge; skin denticles narrow, with a long narrow central point and a pair of smaller, shorter side points.

Plain light grey.

Reaches 35 cm

On the bottom

Depth range 411-766 m.

The northern Gulf of Mexico, northern Cuba and southeast Florida.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 411
Depth Range Max
  • 766